These 30 autos are the most secure

Robust crash-test efficiency, collision avoidance methods and high-quality headlights enabled 30 autos to qualify for the highest honors in the Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security’s preliminary 2019 model-year rankings.

These autos acquired IIHS High Security Decide+ honors, which replicate one of the best of one of the best. Final yr, solely 12 autos initially certified for the highest class. 

One other 27 autos certified as IIHS High Security Decide winners, which replicate one of the best of the remaining. (See the total lists under.)

“We proceed to be inspired that automakers are making adjustments and addressing the standards to enhance the protection of their autos,” mentioned David Harkey, president of IIHS.

The group tightened the {qualifications} for 2019, growing the crash-test requirements from a yr earlier.

A number of main manufacturers had spectacular performances. Almost all of Japanese model Subaru’s fashions landed on one of many high two lists. And Korean auto manufacturers Kia and Hyundai, that are a part of the identical firm, scored 5 and 4 wins, respectively.

Almost as notable because the autos that made it’s the record of autos that did not.

Amongst them: none from Basic Motors, Tesla, Ford Motor, Volvo or Fiat Chrysler’s Jeep, Ram and Dodge.

To make certain, manufacturers can qualify for the IIHS honors because the yr progresses if they provide proof of upgrades or further security exams.

And a few automakers did not nominate their autos and thus could not qualify. Tesla, for instance, did not put up its three autos for consideration.

The stricter requirements for 2019’s High Security Decide+ honors require automakers to get a “good” ranking in a passenger-side crash check designed to evaluate the car’s efficiency when the front-right nook smashes into one thing. It beforehand needed to be solely “acceptable.”

As well as, the stricter requirements for the High Security Decide honors require at the least an acceptable efficiency in that check.


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To get onto the High Security Decide+ record, autos should have “good” headlights. To get onto the High Security Decide record, they should have “acceptable” headlights. To make certain, a lot of the autos on the record solely qualify with elective improve packages which have better-functioning headlights.

IIHS exams have proven that many autos all through the trade fail to offer adequate nighttime illumination attributable to poor manufacturing, insufficient design or outdated rules.

“That’s most likely been the one space the place we nonetheless see much more room for enchancment,” Harkey mentioned.

Inadequate headlights are one key purpose why no pickups and plenty of common SUVs did not make the record. Since they sit larger than passenger automobiles, they typically do not mission their lighting adequately and might create an excessive amount of glare, Harkey mentioned.

The subsequent part for IIHS: Integrating measures to evaluate every car’s efficiency on pedestrian security.

Amid heightened consciousness of America’s pedestrian security disaster, Harkey mentioned IIHS “can be rolling out a brand new ranking and it’ll seemingly make it into the High Security Decide standards for subsequent yr’s fashions.” He mentioned the system would seemingly replicate whether or not autos incorporate automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection.

This is the preliminary record of 2019 IIHS High Security Decide+ honorees:

Small automobiles

  • Honda Perception
  • Hyundai Elantra (constructed after September 2018)
  • Kia Forte
  • Kia Niro hybrid
  • Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid
  • Subaru Crosstrek
  • Subaru Impreza 4-door sedan
  • Subaru Impreza wagon
  • Subaru WRX

Midsize automobiles

  • Hyundai Sonata
  • Kia Optima
  • Subaru Legacy
  • Subaru Outback
  • Toyota Camry
  • Genesis G70
  • Lexus ES

Massive automobiles

  • Toyota Avalon (constructed after September 2018)
  • BMW 5 collection
  • Genesis G80
  • Genesis G90
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4-door sedan

Small SUVs

Midsize SUVs

  • Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Kia Sorento
  • Subaru Ascent
  • Acura RDX
  • BMW X3
  • Mercedes-Benz GLC
  • Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

This is the preliminary record of 2019 IIHS High Security Decide honorees


  • Hyundai Accent
  • Kia Rio 4-door sedan

Small automobiles

  • Hyundai Elantra GT
  • Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
  • Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid (constructed after July 2018)
  • Kia Soul
  • Nissan Kicks
  • Toyota Corolla 4-door hatchback

Midsize automobiles

  • Honda Accord
  • Nissan Altima
  • Audi A3
  • Audi A4
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4-door sedan

Massive automobiles

Small SUVs

  • BMW X2
  • Honda CR-V
  • Hyundai Tucson
  • Mazda CX-3
  • Mitsubishi Outlander
  • Subaru Forester

Midsize SUVs

  • Honda Pilot
  • Hyundai Santa Fe XL
  • Mazda CX-9
  • Nissan Pathfinder (constructed after August 2018)
  • Toyota Highlander


  • Chrysler Pacifica
  • Honda Odyssey

Observe USA TODAY reporter Nathan Bomey on Twitter @NathanBomey.

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